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Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some ideas for this formula, including glitter glasses.

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

It’s always hard to pick my favorite of the Mod Podge formulas, and it definitely depends on the day. However, I will say that Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is definitely always a front runner, and for good reason. What other decoupage formula can you WASH?!

There isn’t one.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is the decoupage formula that you can apply to glass, ceramic, and metal – and then you’ll be able to wash the item. And when I say “put in the dishwasher,” I mean on the top rack after it cures.

This water based formula is indoor/outdoor durable (though I typically use Outdoor Mod Podge for outdoor projects).

Does it really work? Absolutely!

I’ve tested many projects with this formula, and if you follow the instructions EXACTLY, your item can be washed in the dishwasher.

If you are wondering about instructions, here you go. These are the steps you should follow for success:

  1. Clean your project surface. I wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water – rinse thoroughly, and let dry. If your piece is too large, using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean.
  2. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it.
  3. Open and use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface and the back of the design element.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
  5. Do not apply the design element where it can be in contact with food or your lips. For example, apply to the back of a glass plate or 1/4″ down from the edge of a cup.
  6. Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
  7. Cure your project for 28 days.
  8. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Now that you’ve gotten the skinny on how to use it, here are some common questions I get about the formula. I’ve provided the answers to the best of my ability!

Questions About Dishwasher Safe Gloss

1. Isn’t all Mod Podge dishwasher safe? Why do I need a special formula?

This is a common misconception. All Mod Podges are not dishwasher safe. For example, Outdoor formula is highly water-resistant but not waterproof. If you want to be able to wash a decoupaged item in the dishwasher, you need this formula!

2. Is Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge also microwave safe?

Negative. You shouldn’t microwave anything you make with this formula.

3. What is the finish of this formula?

It is Glossy – so shiny. You can see what a Mod Podge glossy finish looks like here.

4. What sizes does the formula come in?

It comes in 8 ounce and 16 ounce. You can find out where to buy this formula (amongst others) here.

5. What is the cure time – when can I wash my project?

You need to wait 28 days. Not 10 or 17 or 26 – 28! Please wait the full time frame for the best results.

6. Do I really have to wait 28 days for it to cure?

Yes.

7. I waited the cure time and my project messed up!

You may not have put on enough layers of Mod Podge, or they may not have been thick enough. Or if you didn’t clean your surface before beginning, regular oils from hands and other things can cause the formula not to adhere appropriately.

8. Why can’t the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge touch my food or lips?

While it is waterbase and non-toxic (so it won’t hurt you), it’s not FDA approved food-safe. it would be very unusual for a glue to be approved for use with food! So please keep it away from anything edible.

9. How do I prepare my surface to apply this formula?

Clean with warm soapy water if the item is small – or use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls, especially if the item is larger.

10. Can I still use the formula on wood?

Yes you can. Having said that, you aren’t going to want to wash a piece of wood in the dishwasher. If this is the only formula you have, you can still use it like regular Mod Podge.

11. Where can I purchase it?

This formula is available on Amazon.com, Michaels, or online at Jo-ann.com.


Are you ready for some project ideas using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Check out the links below!

Ready to try Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Here are some awesome projects you can start with!

Let me know your favorite projects or any questions you might have in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other Mod Podge formulas:

Lewis

Friday 17th of September 2021

Does this also add UV light (sunlight) protection as well ? I do not see UV mentioned anywhere.

Amy

Saturday 18th of September 2021

No, it does not add UV protection. Mod Podge Ultra has UV protection!

Joanne VonHaggin

Saturday 28th of August 2021

hi i have a really old kitchen table that i want to decoupage and i was told to use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge. was this recommendation correct?

Amy

Sunday 29th of August 2021

I would use Hard Coat Mod Podge. It's made for furniture: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/mod-podge-hard-coat/ Dishwasher safe is made for things that go into the Dishwasher. You'll want to use Hard Coat, and if your table is going to get wet a lot, just paint a clear waterproof sealer on top to make it tougher: https://modpodgerocksblog.com/is-mod-podge-waterproof/

Skye Hartmann

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Oops. Pardon my typo. Modge podge not MIDGE LODGE 😂

Amy

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Haha! Not a problem. Sometimes I make mistakes with the typing too lol

Skye Hartmann

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Can I use midge lodge dishwasher safe gloss as a sealer over hand painted glass paint( vitral) which was painted on wine glasses and ceramic plates

Amy

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Yes ma'am! You can. I'm not sure of the Vitrail curing instructions though. Do you need it? If it's not Dishwasher Safe with the Pebeo, the MP will work. Just be sure to observe the curing instructions and always hand wash!

Earlym0rning

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Thank you for all of your help! I used spray paint on a mug & a wine glass, then applied stickers, & then the dishwasher safe mod podge. I’m still in the creation process...first question- was that a bad idea? 2nd question- is there such thing as too many coats? You said somewhere that perhaps it didn’t work bc the coats weren’t thick enough. I feel like all of my coats are so thin.